Low Popahirum, June 9, 2015


“The Legislature has voted to give local university and college boards the ability to raise student fees on individual programs to the national average for the next two years.” – NOLA.com

“Four bills that would provide modest aid to state road and bridges won final legislative approval on Tuesday. A fifth measure was expected to clear its final hurdle by the end of the day. A plan aimed at improving transportation through low-interest state loans to local governments passed the Louisiana House.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered the release of a man who sat in solitary confinement in prison for 43 years, prompting the man’s lawyer to say justice has been achieved.” – WWL-TV

“This political problem is not new. It has been very clear for a long time that a state as poor as Louisiana cannot sustain a higher education system so large. But the public doesn’t want to face this reality, and no politician wants to make them face that reality. Again though, let us consider Herbert Stein’s Law: whatever cannot go on forever, won’t. The crash is not something coming in the future, it’s happening now. I ran into an LSU professor at the Walker Percy Weekend, who said bluntly, ‘LSU is broke.'” – Rod Dreher/American Conservative

“U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., introduced his alternative to the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, filing a bill that aims to eliminate the law’s mandates while still providing near-universal health-insurance coverage.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Plastic tombstones, banners, bagpipes playing dirges, salutes and bell-ringing enveloped Duncan Plaza on Tuesday (June 9). They were meant to once again draw attention to the continuing standoff between the firefighters’ union and Mayor Mitch Landrieu over multiple issues: the city’s financial obligation to the firefighters’ pension fund; a decades’ old fight over unpaid back pay; the declining ranks of the New Orleans Fire Department; and aging firefighting equipment.” – NOLA.com

“The Baton Rouge area is under flash flood warning until 4:15 p.m., the Nationial Weather Service reports. Flooded streets have been reported in various areas around Baton Rouge.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Lawmakers are again seeking review and approval authority over state consulting contracts signed across state agencies. But it’s unlikely the bill can escape a veto since Gov. Bobby Jindal killed the same proposal last year.” – NOLA.com

“Owners of a Houma seafood store are defending its dress code after a woman was told to leave for wearing a tank top, sparking backlash on social media.” – WWL-TV

“The Shreveport National Weather Service says the Red River has crested at about 37 FT in Shreveport/Bossier City and is expected to remain there today. Here are the levels and forecasts from Pecan Point to Grand Ecore including Lk. Bistineau.” – KTBS


The woman who organized the event in McKinney, Texas is named Tatiana Rhodes (or Tatyana Rhodes). She is approximately 19-years-old; however, she retains a fake id and has began scrubbing most of her social media accounts, so her exact age is undetermined.” – Conservative Treehouse

“A series of security threats closed portions of the White House and Capitol Hill on Tuesday.” – CNN

“Over the weekend, the normally stolid New York Times published an almost hysterical screed targeting the operators of the Navy’s SEAL Team Six. The article accused them of a variety of war crimes, including the unprovoked murder of civilians, the summary execution of enemy combatants, the mutilation of corpses and the use of snipers to kill little girls.” – Breitbart

“The New York Times contacted a random financial advisor with absolutely no skin in this game to weigh in on Rubio’s purchase. ‘Irresponsible,’ the financial advisor said of spending $80,000 of an $800,000 book advance windfall. Turns out that that completely random financial advisor is a 2008 donor to Barack Obama.” – Ace of Spades

“Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, pleaded not guilty to all charges filed against him in a U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday. After days of silence, Hastert shoved through a mass of press to enter the courtroom, surrounded by Homeland Security officers, not responding to shouted questions for comment.” – National Journal

“In the past few weeks, the numbers of unaccompanied minors and incomplete family units have begun soaring again, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the organization that represents nearly 17,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents. ‘This is starting to resemble the summer border surge of 2014,’ said Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera. He spoke to Breitbart Texas in his role as a NBPC spokesperson and representative.” – Breitbart

“Whistleblowers on Tuesday portrayed the beleaguered Transportation Security Administration as an agency mired in a culture of ‘fear and distrust’ while raising security concerns over several programs — including TSA PreCheck, in which passes for expedited screening allegedly are passed out ‘like Halloween candy.'” – Fox News

Tell a joke to a liberal. Between your punchline and his laughter, there is a Progressive Comedy Pause. In this second or two, the liberal will process the joke to make sure he is allowed to laugh.” – Jon Gabriel/Ricochet

History is not static and it does not progress linearly.  There was more free speech and unimpeded expression in 5th-century Athens than in Western Europe between 1934-45, or in Eastern Europe during 1946-1989. An American could speak his mind more freely in 1970 than now. Many in the United States had naively believed that the Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution, and over two centuries of American customs and traditions had guaranteed that Americans could always take for granted free speech and unfettered inquiry.” – Victor Davis Hanson/PJ Media

“Despite the White House’s desire to reach an agreement with Iran, by all accounts there is little optimism that the current negotiations will produce a good agreement.” – American Thinker



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